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Early on Sunday morning (August 9), it was a historic day for Ireland West Airport Knock and Knock Shrine when the first transatlantic pilgrimage flight by Aer Lingus from New York touched down on Mayo soil ahead of schedule at 7.30am. More than 170 pilgrimage passengers were on the flight and they were greeted on the tarmac by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who was on hand to witness this historic event.
Knock Shrine is getting ready to welcome the Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is coming to Mayo on August 9 on an historic transatlantic flight into Ireland West Airport Knock.
An announcement is due at 11am this morning about an exciting new project between Knock Shrine and Ireland West Airport Knock.
Commenting on the statement made by Joe Kennedy, chairman of Ireland West Airport Knock, who directed a public appeal to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at a recent function, to ensure his support to Ireland West Airport Knock, chairman of the Western Development Commission, Paddy McGuinness, said: “Mr Kennedy is widely respected for his support and interest in the ongoing development of the Western region and, particularly, Ireland West Airport Knock. His comments are honourable and merely indicated that he hoped his aspirations for the airport, and those of An Taoiseach’s, were aligned.”
The Knock Marriage Introductions saw almost 1,500 people telephone the service in 2013 to make enquires about the service according to new figures released by this week.
The story of Knock and the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, and John the Evangelist, in the small, hillside village 135 years ago, has been well-documented in Mayo and beyond. Few people who attended a school in this county could have managed to get through without hearing it at least once or twice.
The Hub stands for hear, understand, believe, and that is what Knock Shrine wants to help young people who visit the Shrine to do. The Hub is a place for all young people who visit the National Marian Shrine but also for all local teens and children in the surrounding areas.
The annual dinner dance will be held in the Welcome Inn Hotel, on Friday November 9 at 8pm.
Castle Book Shop and Mayo County Library are jointly hosting the launch of Knock... and still they come, by Fr Colm Kilcoyne on March 29 in the library. Mary Kennedy will launch the book at 8pm.
This will take place in the Apparition Church, Knock, on September 30 from 8.30pm to midnight.